A to Z Horror: “Friday the 13th Part II” (1981)

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I have finally watched Friday the 13th Part 2 for the very first time (“F” of #AtoZHorror in August) and I dare to admit that I loved it slightly more than the original, which I love too! This is one of the best slasher sequels I have ever seen along with the likes of Scream 2. I love how the continuing story picked up after the events of the original. Its definitely my favorite installment of the Friday the 13th franchise as of yet.

I thought the characters were very likeable, and my favorite character was of course Ginny played by the talented Amy Steel. Her tour de force performance won me over and I crown her as the best F13 final girl! What a smart, intelligent, witty and loveable character she portrayed! Props… I really liked every kill, loved how some of them were really unexpected and turned into a jump scare. I really dug the score in this as well, done by the always amazing Harry Manfredini! This is such a well done sequel, I fell in love with the characters and I thought it was very fast paced too, no loose ends! I adored the small but memorable part of Adrienne King (Alice) in this movie. The suspensefull final act is hands down my favorite part of the movie cause we saw a strong female heroine being born! I also kind of dug Jason in the sack mask to be honest…

All by all, a fantastic slasher sequel and an amazing installment in the F13 franchise that I highly recommend to all you slasher fans! This is getting an upgrade to Blu-ray from me, that’s how much I loved it! Cannot wait to see the segment of Part 2 on the Crystal Lake Memories documentary and to watch Part 3!

–Ferdi Akkuklak

A to Z Horror: “The Evil Dead” (1981)

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I finally watched The Evil Dead for the first time (“E” of #AtoZHorror in August) and this movie took me by surprise! I love how this movie succeeded with minimal ingredients but having maximum suspense! I can even say that I enjoyed watching it more than the remake of last year and I did not expect that to happen. Not only did it have lots of black humor, it also had some fantastic gore effects and make up effects. It was really frightening and disturbing in a lot of parts and I was even grossed out sometimes, which rarely happens when I watch a horror movie.

Bruce Campbell was amazing as Ash! Some comparisons, the remake had more character development and the characters lasted longer, in the original however the movie finds the perfect balance between horror and comedy. The remake was more serious. Both movies have things that work in its favor though. The Evil Dead is a cult classic in the genre and has so many memorable scenes that you can’t forget about this movie too soon. Highly recommend it to every horror fan who wants a killer good time! Can’t wait to watch the sequels, also besides Ash, none of the other characters were really memorable, but that is an obvious observation.

–Ferdi Akkulak

“Eden Lake” Fires On All Slasher Cylinders

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So to start off, EDEN LAKE isn’t your typical horror slasher movie. Eden Lake goes where other mainstream Engilsh horror movies will stop.

Story
Eden lake is about a man and a woman who are going to a lake in the woods to camp there and have a romantic time. They get picked on by a group of teenagers but nothing serious is happening. Some time later the picking on gets worse and the teenagers do the harshest things from stealing till torturing. No spoilers, but the woman gets badass.

Scary and Gory?
These are important factors for horror slasher movies. So is it scary? It isn’t like supernatural movie scary A.K.A jumpscares. This movie is intense the whole time, you can say that due to the intensity it is pretty scary. So is it gory? This movie isn’t as gory as movies like ichi the killer or as bloody as the evil dead (2013), so it is not the whole time squirts of blood etc. However, when this movie is gory, it is pretty realistic and rancid.

The movie itself
But how good is the movie itself, acting, music, directing etc? The acting in this movie is pretty good and realistic, I loved Kelly Reilly because she did such a good job. The music in this movie was okay. The music was good but there are movies where the music really helps with the scariness factor but that wasn’t the case with this movie. The directing really surprised me because it is directed by James Watkins who made the woman in black and I didn’t really like that movie. However, in this movie the directing of him was really good and I hope he will make more movies like this in the future.

Conclusion
This movie was just amazing and it was pretty original for an not foreign horror movie. Everything worked for me. The gore and scaryness were amazing and I think that every horror fan would love that. However, I do think that you have to like movies like the last house on the left (2009) or I spit on your grave (2010) because this movie is pretty raw and not for the weak stomach or weak mind.

–Merik Westerveld

3.5

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Flashback Weekend 2014

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On a brand new episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl discuss their experiences at Flashback Weekend 2014 (including Andrew meeting Freddy in full makeup!!). The bloody fun begins at 10PM central so don’t miss it!!

To listen live or to check out an archive:
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Flashback Weekend 2014

Prices Slashed on “Don’t Go to the Reunion” DVD & VHS

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As a special thank you to all the slasher fans for reaching our Dismembering Christmas goal, we are now offering our first slasher, Don’t Go to the Reunion, at the lowest price it has ever been! Order your DVD or Limited Edition VHS/DVD combo pack before August 31st and save $5! DVDs are now just $10 and DVD/VHS combo packs are just $25. All orders come with a FREE Don’t Go to the Reunion poster. Order the combo and also receive a Dismembering Christmas poster FREE. DON’T miss this killer deal and thanks again slasher fans!

Please note these prices are for US orders only. For international rates, please email us at info[email protected] for a quote.

Plot synopsis:
Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson) is a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang reunite for their class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them and ready to see that they pay for what they did. Is Scott back for revenge and will the old gang survive to tell the tale? It’ll be more gore for Class of 04.

Loaded with Special Features!
* Audio Commentary with the filmmakers
* Teaser Trailer
* Blooper Reel
* “Class of 2004″ Yearbook
* Audition Reels
* Mini Poster featuring the amazing work of the runner-up contest winner, Jeff Quick
* Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, Blood Brothers)


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“Dismembering Christmas” Hacks Up Kickstarter Goal

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WE DID IT!!!!! We just hit our Dismembering Christmas goal! THANK YOU to everyone out there who have either become a backer and/or shared the campaign. We are so excited to make this movie the bloody holiday horror slasher you have been waiting for. If you haven’t yet become a backer, there is still time. The more money we raise, the bloodier we can make this Christmas creation. Once again, thank you from the bottom of our slasher hearts. You guys ROCK!

To become a backer:
Dismembering Christmas Kickstarter

“All Cheerleaders Die” is Gory, Good Horror Fun

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All Cheerleaders Die is the new comedy-horror film from indie directors Lucky Mckee and Chris Silverston. The film follows the story of 4 young cheerleaders who are all involved in a fatal car accident. Luckily for the girls, they are brought back to life by their friend Lenna who is a practicing witch. However, the spell has some pretty dangerous side effects as the girls soon learn after feasting on Lenna’s next door neighbor. With this new power within them the girls take a bloody and brutal revenge on the guys who chased them on the night of the car accident which led to their deaths.

Caitlin Stasey and Sianon Smit-Mcphee (both Australian actresses who had previously worked together on the Aussie drama Neighbors) head up the cast and do it pretty damn well for this Indie thriller. The other members of the cast also do a pretty decent job as well. The acting in this film is not the best but from the main five girls It is clear to see they had fun with this film as I felt their performances were very well done (for what they were given). It’s clear to see that the filmmakers were not trying to make the next big horror film they just wanted to make a film which is fun, sexy and bloody gory and this is by far what it is.

With a run time of 1 hour 29 min, this fast paced horror-comedy is by far the most fun I have had in ages with a horror film. Although some of the male actors were a little off with their acting it didn’t take away from the fun. This film had guts pulling off themes of sexuality, coming of age and mixing that with a mean girls vibe this is a total crowd-pleaser. Screening this year (August 2014) at Londons annual Fright Fest the film will make its UK DVD premiere on October 13th “014 with the film already receiving a Netflix and DVD/ Blu-Ray release in the USA and other countries.

This was such a fun movie and although not the best horror film, it did give me some things to think about. Overall the weirdness of the film and the supernatural elements of the film were very engaging and made for an epic film. However, it is safe to say that this will not be for everyone but festival fans and horror fans will be sure to love it!

–Ross Wilcock

A to Z Horror: “Detention” (2011)

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I watched Detention for the first time (“D” of #AtoZHorror in August) and its safe to say that nothing could’ve prepared me prior watching this movie! I can quote this movie as ‘Scream on steroids’ but I still had a lot of fun with it! Its amazing how it accomplished to be the perfect blend of comedy and horror. Sometimes the movie seems to have no limit and that is what I love about it, the jokes do seem far fatched at some point however. The pop culture references to previous movies in the horror/comedy were priceless and really spot on.

I really felt a strong sense of self awareness in this movie and that worked so good! The cast full of newcomers is amazing. Josh Hutcherson is a really charming and likeable leading man and Shanley Caswell is a revelation! I also really liked the supporting role of Dane Cook! The script might have copy catted a lot from previous efforts in its genre but in my eyes it did a really great thing to make it look original. This movie is just a ride you have to experience for yourself. Some may love it, some may hate it, but I was definitely on the side that loved it! Highly recommend it to all of you, who loves a tongue in cheek, self aware horror/comedy with lots of blood and laughs! Detention is a winner and soooo next level in its doings.

–Ferdi Akkulak